Knoxville City Council votes to close street for retailer

Knoxville City Council votes to close street for retailer

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After some debate, council members voted 5-3 in favor of the street closure. After some debate, council members voted 5-3 in favor of the street closure.
"I think it's an endorsement by the city that we want progress," developer Tony Cappiello said. "I think it's an endorsement by the city that we want progress," developer Tony Cappiello said.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville City Council members voted Tuesday night to close a street in Bearden despite opposition from area business owners.

Real estate developer Tony Cappiello is bringing women's fashion store Anthropologie to the intersection of Kingston Pike and Ben Atchley Street. He petitioned to close Ben Atchley Street to accommodate a larger parking lot.

Several nearby business owners opposed the closure.

After some debate, council members voted 5-3 in favor of the street closure, giving Cappiello an easement that includes the small street. One member abstained.

Cappiello says the site plan allows some traffic through where the street is currently located. The plan is to be more pedestrian-friendly.

After the vote Cappiello praised the council.

"I think it's an endorsement by the city that we want progress," he said. "We endorse change' and we invite high-end retailers into our community and welcome them, and I'm happy that it passed."

The developer said Anthropologie will likely open in August.

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